Plant-based skincare for the planet

Plant-based skincare for the planet

Why are plant-based ingredients better for the environment and your skin?

Plant-based ingredients have been gaining popularity in the skincare industry, and for good reason. Plants are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can provide numerous benefits for the skin.

One of the biggest advantages of using plant-based ingredients in skincare is that they are typically gentler on the skin compared to synthetic or animal-derived ingredients. Many synthetic ingredients can be harsh and irritating to the skin, leading to redness, dryness, and other skin issues. Plant-based ingredients are generally less likely to cause these types of reactions, making them a great choice for those with sensitive skin.

In addition, plant-based ingredients can be very effective in addressing a variety of skincare concerns. For example, aloe vera, which is derived from the aloe plant, is known for its soothing and hydrating properties. Green tea extract is another popular plant-based ingredient that is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great choice for fighting signs of aging and reducing redness and irritation.

aloe vera extract

Picture: Aloe-Vera extract is magical in so many ways, that's why we use this ingredient in all of our skincare products

The use of animal products.

Unfortunately, there are several animal-derived ingredients that are commonly used in skincare products. Some of these ingredients are:

  1. Collagen: This is a protein that is extracted from animal bones, skin, and connective tissue. It is often used in anti-aging skincare products.

  2. Keratin: This is a protein that is found in animal hooves, horns, and feathers. It is used in hair and nail products.

  3. Lanolin: This is a wax-like substance that is extracted from the wool of sheep. It is often used in moisturizers and lip balms.

  4. Beeswax: This is a natural wax that is produced by honey bees. It is often used in lip balms, moisturizers, and other skincare products.

  5. Carmine: This is a red pigment that is derived from crushed cochineal insects. It is used in some lipsticks and blushes.

  6. Squalene: This is an oil that is extracted from the livers of sharks. It is used in some moisturizers and anti-aging products.

  7. Guanine: This is a shimmering ingredient that is derived from fish scales. It is often used in cosmetics to create a sparkly effect.

Keratin powder

Picture: Keratin powder looking innocent but often made from animal extracts.

Being Conscious.

As we become more conscious about the impact we have on the environment, many people are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. One way to do this is by switching to planet-friendly skincare made from natural ingredients.

These kinds of products are better for the planet because they don't contain harmful chemicals that can pollute the water and air. They're also gentler on your skin because they don't strip away natural oils and cause irritation.

This is what 'Clean beauty or Green Beauty' means to us. 

Plant-based ingredients in skincare are better for the environment for several reasons:

1. Sustainability: Plant-based ingredients are renewable and can be harvested sustainably. Unlike synthetic ingredients, which are made using non-renewable resources that are often extracted through environmentally damaging methods.

2. Biodegradability: Plant-based ingredients are biodegradable, meaning they break down naturally and don't harm the environment.

3. Reduced carbon footprint: The production of plant-based ingredients has a lower carbon footprint compared to synthetic ingredients, which require large amounts of energy to produce.

4. Non-toxic: Plant-based ingredients are often non-toxic, meaning they don't harm the environment or wildlife.

Supporting local.

Using locally produced ingredients in skincare can provide several benefits, both for the skin and for the environment. Here are some reasons why it's better to use locally produced ingredients for skincare:

  1. Freshness: Locally produced ingredients are often fresher than those that have been transported from other parts of the world. Less time in transit means they are less likely to lose their potency or spoil.

  2. Sustainability: By using locally produced ingredients, you are supporting local farmers and businesses, which can help to strengthen the local economy. Additionally, using locally sourced ingredients can help to reduce the carbon footprint (Green beauty) associated with transporting ingredients long distances, which can help to reduce your environmental impact. 

  3. Potency: Ingredients that are grown in the same climate and soil as you may be better suited to your skin's needs than ingredients that are grown in a different part of the world. For example, if you live in a dry climate, using ingredients that are grown locally and adapted to those conditions may be more effective at hydrating your skin.

  4. Transparency: When you use locally produced ingredients, you have more control over the supply chain and can better ensure that the ingredients are ethically sourced and produced. This can help to provide greater transparency and accountability in the skincare industry.

  5. Community: Using locally produced ingredients can help to build a sense of community and connection with the people who produce the ingredients. This can help to create a more personal and meaningful connection between you and the products you use on your skin.

Tasmanian Pepper Co

Picture: Local farmer (Tasmanian Pepper Co) in Tasmania picking Mountain Pepper Berry

Overall, using plant-based ingredients in Eco-friendly skincare is a more environmentally responsible choice, as they are better for the planet, and less likely to contribute to environmental problems like pollution and climate change.

Incorporating plant-based ingredients into your skincare routine can be a great way to nourish and protect your skin while also supporting sustainable and eco-friendly practices. Be sure to look for products that use high-quality, natural ingredients and avoid those that contain harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrances.💙🌏

As always thank you for your support

Tam (Eco Turtle Life Founder) x

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